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Space Ninjas 3: Smog Factory Gamma-C
Because you know any franchise that merits a sequel can and will be milked for a trilogy.
About this creation
The planet Lithia is dotted with innumerable automated terraforming plants (commonly known as "smog factories"), whose sole purpose is to manufacture and pump tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In a decade or two they will have warmed the planet enough to maintain liquid water on the surface, the crucial first step toward introducing plants and animals, and eventually, human settlers.

Built into the side of a mountain, Smog Factory Gamma-C taps into what little geothermal energy Lithia can provide to produce its cocktail of atmospheric conditioners. And like all smog factories, apart from periodic visits by a technician to check on things, Gamma-C is completely deserted. Perfect for a Space Ninja battle...






















































This is the most massive Lego structure I have built to date; at its maximum points, the footprint measures 109 studs wide by 36 studs deep; the tallest smokestack tops out at 60 and 1/3 bricks high. If only it flew I could say I'd built a SHIP and finally passed that manhood test -- although this is a Seriously Huge Investment in Parts in its own right. We need an acronym for large ground-based constructions.

I took a proto-version of this to Northwest BrickCon in October of '07 (there's a picture or two here somewhere if you want to compare it to the final product) Even though it was only half-complete I still thought it was good enough to display, but I had bigger plans for it. The problem is, I'm always building several different things at once, and usually -- stupidly -- at least two of those things are fighting for the same parts. In this case the Tetricus was also taking up a lot of my old gray bricks and plates, and I liked it and the smog factory both well enough that I didn't want to sacrifice one for the other.

Well, I finally did give up on the Tetricus a while ago, but the smog factory sat in a box, broken down into its component parts, out of sight and out of mind. Judging that I now had the available parts on hand to finish this thing without having to resort to Cracklink, I was half right (I did run out of old gray plates in certain sizes, notably 2x2 and 2x4 -- you can see the blay in places -- but I did not order any parts for it since making the decision to finish it).

Now I can tear the thing apart and build something really cool! I'll have so much Lego I won't know what to do with it. I knew it was tying up a lot of my old gray brick and most of my light gray LURPs and BURPs, but it was a revelation to pull the originally built modules out of the box, look at the mess of support structure in back, and say, "Hey, there's all my long technic bricks! There's all my 11-high round pillars! There's all my 2x10 plates! There's all my black basic brick! There's all my..."



Details:


"Aw, sh**!" moment: A miscalculation results in this part of a black plate being visible after I snapped everything together. I thought it would be hidden, otherwise it would have been dark gray. It would take hours of blood, sweat, and toil to fix it at this point. Dammit!






Because I know you're wondering... that is not a backwards 7. It is not an F or a T missing a limb. It is not weird alien writing. It is the Greek letter gamma. Yes. Don't they teach you kids anything in school anymore? Why, back in my day...





































Comments

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  August 25, 2014
"Space Ninjas 3?!" Are you kidding me?! Why isn't there a movie and a video game with this title?! This is GREAT!!!! You should really call Hollywood, or somebody...I'm certain I have seen movies with less of a plot than is contained in your MOC. Now I'm going to have to stalk your page and find Space Ninjas and Space Ninjas 2!!! Truly inspired. Actually the title alone probably would have merited a 5/5, but with such a cool MOC to go along with it...33.3/5. Well done.
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  August 25, 2014
Well it looks like I will be zooming in and out up and down every picture so much to see so many details for the next few days!. Lol
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  August 25, 2014
great design, love the dark transparent red, i have been looking for those pieces for a while, where did you find them?
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  August 25, 2014
beautiful and massive, congrats on motd!
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  August 25, 2014
Very cool. Great looking factory with sweet details and rock work. The staging of the figs is terrific very dynamic. Congrats on MOTD.
  October 23, 2012
<3 This. Would you mind if I did some of my own Space Ninja MOCs? ~Storm
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  December 23, 2011
!!!!!
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  December 22, 2011
Shannon, your work is awesome! I love the fact that you put a lot of thought into your creations, they're a pleasure to see! And I think the idea of "Space Ninjas" is super cool - hopefully we can have a 4th chapter in the trilogy :-)
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  November 17, 2011
Amazing!!!! More like's people;)
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  August 17, 2011
Stunning and detailed. Great job!!!
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  February 10, 2011
finish the Tetricus now. you have all the grey you need...
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  April 26, 2010
AWESOME! that is definatly WAY more grey than i have, great job. i love the cool machinery details, my favorite is the two pipes that are placed in indents in the rock so that they are flush with the wall, it's a great technique that i have never thought of before, but it looks great! all in all, your space ninja trilogy is EPIC!
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  April 22, 2010
This is great! Will you make a fourth space ninjas?
Shannon Young
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Jack Bacchus
  February 20, 2010
Amazing great job shannon
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  January 2, 2010
omg ! you got soo much lego, verry nice moc again ! do you destroy the mocs ore keep you al you'r mocs ? ( you know that my english is bad ? :P )
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  December 17, 2009
Best building/base in ages :) Is there an interior ? Gotta see it :)
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  May 17, 2009
It's difficult to do this MOC justice with just one English word, so I'll make one up. This MOC is simply smloogtastic! On a separate note, I noticed that listening to the background music on your intro video while viewing your MOCs somehow makes them even more bad a-word. ('Scuse the language, kids.)
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  April 25, 2009
Ah, I think I've seen this before on TBB. Very nice.
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  February 2, 2009
anything with an Oriental twist and that much ominous red glass gets top marks in my book. Domo-Arigato.
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  January 3, 2009
Oh my goodness!!!!! Whoa, that rocks!
Shannon Young
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Daniel Smith
  December 12, 2008
Nice! It's really cool and sci-fi. Not a fun place to be without a breathy protection wossname.
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  June 15, 2008
So many details ! Awesome building, it's a trans-red madness (I love trans-red) - The design is uncommon , a MOC that stay in mind. PS a great thanks for your review !
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  June 9, 2008
Why have I not reviewed this?Maybe it's from a lack of sleep layboring over hot ABS? Anywho,you know all trilogies can be beaten for a Quartet,you know like Indiana Jones ;-)
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  June 3, 2008
I like it alot!!!!!!!! piz make more like this! this is a classic! piz make more like it :-)! I would buy this if it were for sale at stores!!!! Amazing! i like your creations! they are all unique! very good! keep up the work! piz vheck out my creations and my home page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -By THE ONE AND ONLY GooGoo GaGa
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  May 20, 2008
Wow....... Ummmm......... Yah....... I am jealous, is about all that I have enough room to say here. If I were to express wonder about everything I like about it, it would take WAY too long. Great job!
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  May 16, 2008
If this becomes a series, i'll eat my hat. If i had a hat, that is. Ok, so sue me, i took the cigars! Well, isn't that fantastic. No. Meh, me need paste. Me do what Goldman says, and me eat paste. Hehe. Me die now - Callum PS. Excellent Moc, but as i said on another reveiw... PLEASE make one of the ninja's kick the other in the nuts!
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  May 14, 2008
This is great! I wish I could build like this. Hey, I instantly recognized the gamma, but I didn't learn it in school.
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  May 14, 2008
So why aren’t we building some of these smog factories for real? Isn’t the earth running out of greenhouse gasses or something…like, leaking out of the hole in the ozone layer? I thought I heard that on MTV news… Anyway, that black plate totally makes this thing. Awesome work.
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  May 13, 2008
SPECTACULAR!!! Love it!!!! I love it so much I can't stop using exclamation marks!!!!!!! Someone help me!!!!
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  May 13, 2008
Nice I like this one the best. When I saw it was like havn't I seen this before? Well I didn't know you expanded it. And yes I know that was the letter gamma... I am smart. The funny thing is that I was bored having no sound so I started playing the James Bond theme. It goes good with this. And I WILL have creations on (or at least take photos) of about 11 creations.
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  May 13, 2008
Very nice and industrial! Shannon is right, this would be the perfect scenery for a heavy metal concert. Great job! Steffen
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  May 13, 2008
nice factory i love it and all the details and everything its brilliant!
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  May 13, 2008
I almost didn't want to review, for fear of somehow infecting this with my unworthiness to look at it ;) Oh my golly, this is great!! It's built so well, you perfectly proportioned the amount of mountain with the amount of factory. Those are some LUCKY ninjas to get to play on it.
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  May 13, 2008
Wahooooo!!! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. A feast for the eyes, Mr. Young. Congratulations on the completion of this beast - it's fantastic. And congrats on getting back all of your pieces...boy do I know that feeling! The big ones are so damn consuming (time AND parts), but hopefully well worth it. Great MOC!!!!!
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  May 13, 2008
Now I see why you were ordering all those trans-red 1x2s last year. Nicely done - even if you did drive the price up of those pieces. Lee.
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  May 13, 2008
Beautiful! The stark industrial look is perfect with nothing detracting from the ninja battle. It would have been cool if you'd done the inside of the factory, with the ninjas swinging from pipes and fighting on bridges over vats of toxic chemicals, but considering the work you put into the outside that's a pretty unreasonable thing to ask. Awesome job!
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  May 13, 2008
Here I'd given up hope of ever seeing this baby finished after the shots of it at Brickcon. Did you build it one brick a week or something?! Anyway, a great structure, full of interesting and coherent details. Any metal band would be proud to film their next clip there. BTW, it would be awesome if you could do the ninjas busting thru a trans red window...
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  May 13, 2008
I cried when I looked at this, and not because it was bad. I cried because I thought it was a backwards seven. I finally realized that the schooling I received was flawed. I then cried harder when I realized that your creation was better than anything I have ever built! PS- Why did you tag Goldman? Have you seen what we have to follow?
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  May 13, 2008
Yes! you finally finished. I'm impressed to no end Shannon. And Chris said the rest of my review. Good day
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  May 13, 2008
Shannon, it's all about quadrilogies now... Dr. Jones, Dr. Jones! Phenim... Phenum... Phenomin... (of forget it) Good work! Later ~ Chris.
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  May 12, 2008
These space ninjas, man: always duking it out, to no avail. Whatever happened to the good old fashioned arm wrestling match? Nope, it's always battle this, fight-to-the-death that.
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  May 12, 2008
Yeah, when I saw this I thought it was a Goldman MOC. That's a good thing. =) I'm diggin' the red at every level; gives it a nice touch. Also, why don't they teach us Latin or Greek? Back in the day when I wasn't alive...BTW, space ninjas rock.
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  May 12, 2008
Amazing Shannon. Seriously. You've taken your mocs to a larger scale of Goldmanian (I read that somewhere recently) proportions, and you couldn't of done a better job at it.
 
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